Saturday, June 6, 2020

Vestas News

Walney Extension Sells Transmission Assets

 Walney Extension Offshore Wind Farm - Credit: Ørsted

Walney Extension Limited, a joint venture owned by Ørsted (50%), PKA (25%) and PFA (25%), and the operator of the Walney Extension offshore wind farm in the UK, has signed an agreement for the sale of its transmission assets to Diamond Transmission Partners Walney Extension.Diamond Transmission Partners Walney Extension is a partnership between Diamond Transmission Corporation Limited (a Mitsubishi Corporation subsidiary), HICL Infrastructure Company Limited and Chubu Electric Power Co., Inc.The transmission assets hold an asset value of GBP 447 million (USD 560 million).

First Turbine Installed at Borssele III/IV Offshore Wind Project

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The first offshore wind turbine has been installed at the Borssele III/IV wind project in the Dutch North Sea, the turbine builder MHI Vestas Offshore Wind has said."The first turbine at the 731.5 MW Borssele III/IV offshore wind project has now been installed by MHI Vestas at site 55 km off the coast of the Netherlands. The first of the 77 V164-9.5 MW wind turbines was installed by the project team after setting sail from the Port of Vlissingen on the Aeolus offshore installation vessel," MHI Vestas said Thursday.The Borssele III & IV offshore wind farms are being built in the Dutch North Sea by Blauwwind…

Denmark, Vietnam Talk Offshore Wind Expansion

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Denmark and Vietnam are working on finding ways to further boost Vietnam's offshore wind development, which according to the Danish Energy Agency, has a potential of 160 GW offshore wind. As part of the effort, the Danish Energy Agency and the Vietnamese Electricity and Renewable Energy Authority are preparing an Input to Roadmap report for offshore wind development in Vietnam. The Danish Energy Agency and Vietnamese authorities on Tuesday organized a webinar to discuss the most important governmental steps to move the expansion of offshore wind forward.

Belgium: Northwester 2 Offshore Wind Farm Complete

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The 219 MW Northwester 2 wind farm has been completed and is now supplying the Belgian grid electricity by all of its 23 fully operational wind turbines producing 9,5 MW each. This wind farm, owned by Parkwind (70%) and Sumitomo (30%) is the first to use the MHI Vestas V164-9.5 MW turbines in commercial operation. The first turbine was installed in December 2019.This is the seventh wind farm in the Belgian North Sea, which now brings the total offshore energy capacity to 1,776 MW and moves Belgium closer to reaching the goal of supplying 10% of energy demand with offshore wind by the end of 2020…

Denmark's Vestas Breaks Wind Turbine Installation Record, Woodmac Says

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Danish wind farm turbine builder Vestas became the first wind turbine manufacturer to install more than 10 GW of wind capacity in a single year (2019), according to new analysis from Wood Mackenzie.The Danish OEM’s grid-connected capacity of 11.3 GW in 2019 is an increase of 1.5 GW on 2018, with installations completed in over 35 markets. The company’s installations in the Americas region contributed more than 50% of capacity for the first time. This was driven by the US, Mexico, and Argentina.Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) climbed to the second position according to Wood Mackenzie’s research…

Vestas Posts Operating Loss, Hit by Higher Costs

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Leading wind turbine maker Vestas posted an unexpected first-quarter operating loss despite strong sales and a healthy order book, weighed down by project delays as well as higher costs that were partly down to the COVID-19 pandemic.But the Danish company said demand for its turbines remained healthy, and that it could still meet its initial guidance for 2020, even though it had suspended that outlook last month due to coronavirus-related uncertainties.Shares in Vestas, the world's largest maker of wind turbines by market share…

First Moray East Offshore Wind Farm Jackets Arrive in UK

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Global Energy Group's Port of Nigg facility has announced the arrival of the heavy-lift vessel OHT Osprey with the first eight of what will be 103 jacket structures for the Moray East Offshore Windfarm project for DEME Offshore.The Port of Nigg was chosen as the foundation staging port for the construction of the 950MW offshore wind farm which will see 100 turbines and 3 offshore substation platforms being installed.Global Energy Group's Chairman Roy MacGregor said: "It has always been our desire to make the best use of Nigg Energy Park and I am delighted that DEME Offshore recognized we have the facilities…

MHI Vestas Sourcing Blade Components from Local Taiwan Suppliers

Offshore wind turbine specialist MHI Vestas which has recently awarded contracts to supply wind turbines for offshore wind projects in Taiwan, has signed a deal with Swancor to source wind turbine blade materials locally in Taiwan."In another step forward for MHI Vestas’ industry-leading localization plans in Taiwan, the company has confirmed a purchase agreement with Swancor to source several key blade manufacturing components locally. This contract strengthens Swancor’s presence in the offshore wind sector…

All Northwester 2 Offshore Wind Farm Turbines Installed

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The final installation of turbines at Parkwind's Northwester 2 offshore wind farm in the Belgium section of the North Sea has been completed.Parkwind completed the final installation of turbines at the Northwester 2 offshore wind farm in a joint operation with MHI Vestas and Jan De Nul Group.The 219 MW Northwester 2 project in Belgium has now seen all 23 turbines fully installed.The offshore wind project, located around 50km off the shore of Ostend, Belgium, is the first project to use the V164-9.5 MW turbines in commercial operation."The installation works started in December 2019.

MHI Vestas Eyes Further Asia Pacific Growth. Appoints Regional Manager

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Offshore wind turbine specialist MHI Vestas has appointed Masato Yamada as Regional Manager Asia Pacific to facilitate broader growth across the region.The company, a joint venture between Denmark's Vestas and Japan's Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, said Wednesday Yamada would oversee the company’s growth across the Asia Pacific region. He was formerly the company’s Chief Strategy Officer based in Aarhus, Denmark, and will now be based in MHI Vestas’ Tokyo office."Mr. Yamada has been with MHI Vestas since the formation of the joint venture between the two parent companies (Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Vestas)…

Deutsche Bucht Offshore Wind Project Fully Complete

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Canada-based Northland Power has informed that its 252 megawatt (MW) Deutsche Bucht offshore wind project in Germany has achieved full completion.The offshore wind project is located in the North Sea, more than 100 kilometers from the mainland in the German Exclusive Economic ZoneAll 31 monopile foundation turbines have been generating power since the end of September 2019 and to date, have generated over €130 million of pre-completion revenues. Final completion marks the official end of construction and the start of the operational phase of the project…

Seajacks Clinches Japanese Offshore Wind Farm Gig

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UK-based firm Seajacks, an offshore wind power installation specialist, has signed a foundation installation contract with Kajima Corporation for an offshore wind farm project at Akita Port and Noshiro Port in Akita Prefecture, northern Japan.The project is expected to be the first bottom-fixed large-scale offshore wind power project in Japan funded 100% on a commercial basis.This is the first contract in Japan for Seajacks which will start offshore construction work on a large wind installation vessel called Zaratan in Japan in 2021…

Are OSVs Fit for Refit for Offshore Wind?

BEFORE: Island Clipper: Island Offshore of Ulsteinvik, Norway, has had success with conversions.  “before” and “after”.  Photos: Island Offshore

While it is generally agreed that the nascent offshore wind energy market in the U.S. will be a newbuild market, there is a repair and conversion possibility for some stacked OSVs.Though estimates on the pace of the offshore wind energy market in the U.S. vary widely, the direction is clear: offshore wind will be a huge marketplace for construction and support vessels to be deployed in U.S. waters over the next decade. The starting point for estimated vessel demand is the raft of projects along the U.S. East Coast, and to a lesser extent, in the Pacific waters, now in the pipeline.

MHI Vestas Orders ABB Transformers

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MHI Vestas Offshore Wind, the global wind turbine manufacturer, has selected ABB’s Power Grids business to deliver its WindSTAR transformers for the Triton Knoll offshore wind project in the UK.ABB’s WindSTAR power transformers are designed to fit inside the wind turbine and can withstand strong vibrations, sudden movements and variable electrical loading, typical of wind power. This lightweight transformer is energy efficient and made with biodegradable and safe ester insulation fluid.MHI Vestas will deliver 90 wind turbines for the wind farm and ABB’s WindSTAR transformers will be installed in each turbine.

Triton Knoll Installs Turbines

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UK's Able Seaton Port (ASP) has begun latest transformation into multi-million Triton Knoll turbine base.Preparatory works are underway to transform Able Seaton Port (Able) for its role at the heart of turbine installation for Triton Knoll Offshore Wind Farm.Able Seaton Port was selected by MHI Vestas Offshore Wind in 2018 to be the offshore wind turbine pre-assembly base for the 857MW Triton Knoll Offshore Wind Farm.The 90 turbine Triton Knoll project and MHI Vestas are jointly investing in the works at the Teesside facility…

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier to Install CFXD Wind Turbines

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Fred. Olsen Windcarrier’s jack-up vessel Brave Tern has been awarded a contract to transport and install wind turbines selected for the Changfang and Xidao offshore wind farms (CFXD) in Taiwan.The contract for the transportation and installation of MHI Vestas Offshore V174-9.5MW wind turbines has been awarded by CSBC-DEME Wind Engineering in Taiwan.The Brave Tern will embark upon the new contract after finishing installations on Yunlin offshore wind farm, also in Taiwan, under a contract awarded earlier this…

Financial Close for Taiwanese OWF

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Denmark-based fund management company Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) has reached financial close on the 589MW offshore wind project (OWF), Changfang and Xidao project off the coast of Changhua County, Taiwan.CIP has reached financial close and start of construction of the Changfang and Xidao project. The project has contracted experienced international and local contractors under 8 key construction agreements.The project received approval of its local content plan in December 2019 by the Taiwan government…

Global Wind Capacity to Reach 626 GW

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The global wind power industry is expected to install more than 626,800 MW of new capacity over the next decade, said a report.According to a report from Navigant Research, this new capacity represents a market worth more than $92 billion in 2019 and more than $1 trillion over the forecast decade.According to the report, global offshore wind development is expected to experience a 16% compound annual growth rate over a 10-year forecast period.China, Taiwan, and Europe are the leading markets, with the US soon…

Vestas Wins Chinese Orders

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Danish wind turbines manufacturer Vestas Wind Systems A/S has received a 55 MW order in China that includes supply of 25 V120-2.2 MW wind turbines as well as a 2-year Active Output Management 4000 (AOM 4000) service agreement.Deliveries are expected to begin in the second quarter of 2020, while commissioning is planned for the third quarter in the same year. Customer and project names are undisclosed.Meanwhile, in a separate development, Vestas has won a 51 MW order in China that includes supply of 23 V120-2.2…

Vestas Scores More Offshore Wind Farm Work in Vietnam

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Danish wind turbine maker Vestas has won an order to deliver V150-4.2 MW wind turbines to be installed in Vietnam's Mekong Delta and has also secured a 20-year service contract - the longest such contract in Vietnam for a wind turbine manufacturer."Maintaining its successful momentum with 200 MW order intake in Vietnam last year, Vestas has now secured its fourth intertidal project in the country with a 29 MW order with Sigma Engineering Joint Stock Company," Vestas said Friday.The Ben Tre V1-3 wind project will be located in Ba Tri District of Ben Tre Province in the Mekong Delta region of Vietnam.